World Neem Conference from tomorrow

Staff Reporter

Experts from five continents to attend

COIMBATORE: The 5th World Neem Conference (WNC) 2007, organised by the Neem Foundation, will be held here from November 21 to 24.

Addressing a press conference, Ramesh C. Saxena, Chairman of the foundation, said it would be used as a platform to popularise neem. The foundation is a non-profit organisation dedicated to the promotion of neem on a global scale, which it does in collaboration with industry, universities, Government agencies and research organisations. It facilitates planting of neem throughout India.

The conference would have experts from five continents talking about neem and related issues.

It would also explore the latest breakthroughs in neem research. Organic farming, bio-medicine, socio-economic issues and intellectual property rights would also be favoured subjects at the conference. Representatives from over 35 countries were expected to attend the conference.

Pramila Thakkar, Secretary General, said: “We will use this conference to encourage people to join the silent neem revolution. Under the 10-year project called “Greening India with Neem” we plan to plant 80-million neem trees. We also want to propagate the fact that neem can be used to tackle many environmental issues, like global warming.”

According to B.N. Vyas, Chairman, Technical Committee, WNC 2007, “The aim of the conference is to share the experiences of the participating agencies and countries that have implemented or are embarking on their own neem programmes.”

“We are confident that the interaction between science, business and policy makers will lead to a second generation of technologically sophisticated neem products that the world market is waiting for,” added K.S. Hegde, Chairman, Steering Committee, WNC 2007.

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